What Does ARIA Do?
THE RHODE ISLAND AUTHOR EXPO
Now in it’s 4th year, the Rhode Island Author Expo is Rhode Island’s premier literary event that attracts over 125 authors and 2,000 readers. The event features local celebrities, presentations, workshops and hundreds of signed books available for purchase.
ARIA AT RI COMIC CON
Our state’s top writers of fantasy, sci fi, horror and pop culture gather to present thier works to fans at RI Comic Con at the Rhode Island Convention Center.
THE LIVELY LITERATI
For the last three years, ARIA has hosted The Lively Literati at The Elephant Tea Room in Cranston’s historic Pawtuxet Village. On the last Thursday of each month, fans gather to listen to original poetry and prose from our state’s leading writers. And there’s even an opportunity for anyone to step up to the mic and share their own original piece.
SHORELINE – ANTHOLOGY
In the summer of 2016, ARIA released its first published anthology — shoreline — that presents nineteen of the best pieces of poetry, prose and other short works created by our members. The book is avaialble for sale online and at select bookstores. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the sale of the book supports the activities of the organization.
BOSTON BOOK FESTIVAL
ARIA’s tent on Boylston Street near Copley Square has become a popular stop during the annual Boston Book Festival — New England’s largest literary event.
SCITUATE ART FESTIVAL
“Author’s Row,” behind the North Scituate Public Library, has become a must-see attraction at the annual Scituate Art Festival. Each year, over 30 authors participate across the Columbus Day Weekend that attracts 30,000 festival goers.
Our members are proud stand beside all the other great arts organizations in our state. Here, our authors are participating in the annual PVDFest music and art festival in Providence’s Burnside Park.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR AUTHORS
Our organization attracts top publishing industry professionals — including editors, designers, agents and illustrators — to present and discuss emerging trends in the writing and publishing industry.
PUBLIC LIBRARY EVENTS
Our associtiation actively works with public libraries in Warwick, Tiverton, Greenwville, Westerly and many others to bring the best local authors to communities all over the state.
RHODE ISLAND COLLEGE HOMECOMING
Each October, several authors participate in Rhode Island College’s annual homecoming festivities by signing books and meeting with alumni and students.
ARIA authors regularly participate in expos and conferences, such as the Women’s Expo at Twin River in Lincoln.
ARIA AT NEIBA
ARIA represents Rhode Island’s authors to the national publishing community every year at the New England Independent Bookseller’s Association (NEIBA) Convention.
BARNES & NOBLE LOCAL AUTHOR EVENTS
SCITUATE FARMER’S MARKET
From May through October, ARIA authors sign and sell books at the North Scituate Farmer’s Market every Saturday.
INDEPENDENT PUBLISHERS OF NEW ENGLAND AWARDS
Elda Dawber (right) receiving her “Book of the Year” award for “Wait Until I’m Dead” at the 2015 Independent Publishers of New England Book Awards. Kelly Kittel’s book “Breathe” (left) was also a top 2015 award winner.
URI MEDIA-SMART PRESENTATION
ARIA’s youngest published authors participating on a panel at the Cumberland Public Library discussing new media opportunities for young adult writers.
RILINK ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Meeting with the state’s school lobrarians at the annual RILINK Conference in Warren.
CCRI PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT DAY
Talking with faculty at the Community College of Rhode Island about writing and publishing opportunities in our area.
Several ARIA children’s authors (including Terry Schimmel, Ashley Richer, Seth McCombs, Dawn Porter and Kristen Calenda) took time from their busy schedules to volunteer and conduct presentations at Ashaway Elementary in Hopkinton. CLICK HERE to read more about their exciting adventure!
Introducing… BOOK MAKERS!
ARIA, in partnership with TalkStream Radio, is proud to bring you an original series of 15 minute podcasts featuring all your favorite Rhode Island authors. Check back frequently for new broadcasts in thes series!
ARIA NAMED PBN FEATURED NON-PROFIT
12/13/13 — ARIA was recently featured in the Providence Business News.
CLICK HERE to read about ARIA’s rapid growth and where the association is heading in the years to come.
ARIA HELPS LAUNCH NEW JOHN BROWN HOUSE BOOKSTORE
ARIA was proud to help launch the new bookstore at the John Brown House in Providence. ARIA authors Julien Ayotte, Paul Caranci, Sebastian Cole, Carol Desforges, Colleen Kelly Mellor, Joann Mead, and Steven R. Porter, were on hand to sign and read from their works.
FOSTERINGARTS HOSTS ARIA AT “BOOKS & THE BOTTOMLESS BOWL”
On May 11th, an enthusiastic crowd welcomed eight ARIA authors for the first-ever “Books and the Bottomless Bowl” fundraiser sponsored by Fostering Arts and held at the South Foster Fire Station. Our thanks is extended to everyone involved for making this such a fun and successful night.
THE BIG BOOK CLUB GETAWAY
Several members of ARIA participated in the “Big Book Club Getaway” at Mohegan Sun on February 1 & 2. For information about next year’s event, visit www.TheBigBookClub.org.
A SPECIAL THANKS TO THE THUNDERMIST HEALTH CENTER in West Warwick for hosting our monthly meetings
RI AUTHORS VISIT THE PAWTUCKET ARTS FESTIVAL
Sen. Pichardo joined the Association of Rhode Island Authors at the recent Pawtucket Arts Festival at Slater Mill.
TALKSTREAM RADIO’S “BODY & SOUL” PROGRAM FEATURES RI WRITERS
Authors J.M. Griffin, Jo-Anne Petrie, Hanann Rosenthal & Ray Wolf.
Cris Pfeil, Rev. Lynne C. Holden & Dee Eaton.
Steven R. Porter, Rachel McClellan, & Cris Pfeil.
To listen, visit www.TalkStreamRadio.com or click the links below.
5/6/13 – Rachel McClellan
3/4/13 – Steven R. Porter, Jeanine Spikes, Sebastian Cole, Julien Ayotte
11/7/12 – Cris Pfeil, Steven R. Porter, Rachel McClellan
9/12/12 – Hanaan Rosenthal